Two Medicine faculty honored with distinguished service, named professorships

Two Department of Medicine faculty members have received distinguished service professorships or named professorships. Everett Vokes,MD  has been named distinguished service professor and Mark Anderson, MD,PhD has received a named professorship.

Everett E. Vokes,MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, has been named the John E. Ultmann Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Radiation and Cellular Oncology effective January 1, 2023.

Dr. Vokes has a distinguished career in clinical and translational research involving head, neck and lung cancer, and is an internationally renowned expert in treating these malignant tumors. His scientific focus has been on early-phase translational and clinical trials, the interaction of chemotherapy and radiation, and curative-intent combined modality therapies. Vokes has been a leader of integrated research teams at both the University of Chicago and on a national level, and his research has contributed to significantly increased cure and organ preservation rates. Vokes has maintained an active clinical practice for more than 30 years and has been named regularly on various “Best Doctors” lists.

Dr. Vokes  is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and American Association of Professors. His work is widely published, with more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and 90 book chapters. He has served on numerous advisory committees, review panels and editorial boards of several impactful journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet Oncology, Annals of Oncology, and Clinical Lung Cancer. He recently served as president for the American Society for Clinical Oncology and was one of two recipients of their Translational Research Professorship.

Mark Anderson, MD,PhD  has been named the Paul and Allene Russell Professor in the Department of Medicine, effective October  1, 2022.

Dr. Anderson serves as the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences and Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine, overseeing the medical and biological research, education, care delivery, and community engagement enterprise for UChicago Medicine, the Division of the Biological Sciences, and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

He is a leading expert on the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. His research is focused on the role of the calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II in heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias, which are a common cause of sudden cardiac death. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and book reviews, has given invited talks across the United States and in more than a dozen nations, and has been included over many years in the Castle and Connolly listing of the top doctors in the U.S. In 2017, Anderson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Anderson came to the University of Chicago Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as director of the Department of Medicine, the William Osler Professor of Medicine and physician-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Previously he led the Cardiovascular Research Center and the Department of Medicine at the University of Iowa and served on the medical faculty at Vanderbilt University, where he directed educational and clinical programs.

The University of Chicago’s announcement is available here: